Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Buto't Balat in Iloilo

Buto't Balat is a Tagalog phrase, which, in English is "skin and bones". Now the order of the words may be different, but the idea is the same. Buto't Balat is a restaurant in Iloilo, which is now my favorite. We stumbled upon it by accident because my first choice (Breakthrough - will post about it another time) was too far. Buto't Balat is more accessible as it is just on the Diversion Road, right across a side street from Plazuela and SM City Iloilo. This is the entrance to the restaurant.
As you can see, it has a nice look to it. One might even have the impression that the prices would be rather high. Contrarily, though, the dishes were very reasonably priced!

The restaurant has a main floor - the upper one - and a lower floor, where the smoking section is. The lower area has a view of the surrounding fish pen and we had a nice breeze going that night.
They even had a tank with some turtles. Of course, I found myself missing Dex!
Now on to the food...I was left speechless! The platters of fresh oysters are to die for, and they cost only 110 pesos (less than 3 dollars!)
It was also my first time that I tasted this pork dish. I forget what it's called, but it's basically lightly grilled pork cooked in vinegar with lots of spices.
The baked scallops were nicely flavored, although they seemed to be a little overcooked.
We had several other dishes - shrimp sinigang (shrimp in sour soup with vegetables), sizzling spicy seafood (at 220 pesos, this was a steal), and more that I can't remember. I washed it all down with fresh buko (young coconut) juice.
At the end of the night, I was more than stuffed - and that was only the third night in Iloilo! That trip was really all about food, and now I really really need to burn belly fat! Look at these two happy girls.
Needless to say, I was back at Buto't Balat before I went back to Manila. Stay tuned for more Iloilo food!

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